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A year ago it didn’t exist, but today the Israel Travel Alliance hosts about 40 trip providers and up to 10 foundations on regular Zoom calls. The virtual meetings used to focus on how to sustain connections with Israel during the pandemic. Now they focus on if, when and how the country will begin admitting tourists and students again.
Updated: Mar. 22, 2021
This article explores the impact of German Jewish youth educational travel in Israel on changing attitudes toward Israel. The travelers are engaged in direct interaction with the host country, directly experiencing the environments and interacting with members of the host society while touring places with symbolic meaning.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2021
For the first time ever, Jews without Israeli citizenship will be able to do National Service (sherut leumi) thanks to new regulations passed on Monday by the Knesset's Labor, Welfare and Health Committee, headed by Likud MK Haim Katz. The new regulations serve as pillars for the administration and execution of the giant network of volunteer-based jobs. Now, any Jew who is eligible for Aliyah based on the Law of Return, or is participating in any program relating to strengthening Israeli identities, like Masa or Taglit-Birthright Israel, has the option to serve.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2021
Jewish Futures Project. Birthright Israel's First Decade of Applicants: A Look at the Long-term Program Impact
The Jewish Futures Project (JFP) has been following multiple cohorts of Birthright participants, and others who applied to the program but did not go, for over a decade. In the sixth wave of the JFP study, we explore whether Birthright’s long-documented impact on connection to Israel and engagement in Jewish life persists, as participants grow older, and the trip recedes further in their memory.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2020
An ambitious new initiative will lower the cost of teen travel to Israel, aiming to help tens of thousands travel there each summer with expertly trained trip leaders, educators, and Israeli teens creating a transformational and meaningful experience. Led by The Jewish Education Project, the initiative, known as RootOne received a $20 million seed gift from The Marcus Foundation to provide major subsidies for trip participants while also investing in trip curricula and experiences, and providing deeper pre and post-trip engagement to strengthen participants’ Jewish identities and connections to Israel before they begin college.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2020
Masa Israel has reported a 40 percent increase in the number of students arriving for its gap year programs as compared to last year, despite the country’s high infection rate of COVID-19. According to a Monday report by the Wall Street Journal, Masa, a partially government-funded organization that oversees gap year programs, said that 5,000 participants, mostly from the United States, have already arrived on various programs and that another 2,000 are expected by the end of the year.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2020
The Rimonim Professional Development Program aims to bring innovative pedagogical techniques developed at Herzog College in Israel to English-speaking Jewish educators around the world. The program is a year and a half long and includes an intensive summer semester in Israel, all expenses paid (COVID-permitting). This program is a joint project of Herzog and the Israeli Ministry of Education and is subsidized by the Israeli government, so the cost for the entire program (including the Israel trip) is $750.
Updated: Sep. 30, 2020
Over the past two decades, Birthright trips have been a virtual rite of passage for young Diaspora Jews. These free, 10-day tours of Israel continued even during periods of war and terror attacks. Sometimes, out of concern for the safety of participants, parts of the country would be deemed off-limits. And sometimes, the famous Birthright buses were more empty than full. But never in its 20-year history has Birthright been forced to suspend its trips. Until the coronavirus outbreak.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2020
You can help shape the future of Zionist education and get rewarded! Do you have an idea which you believe can strengthen the Jewish identity and / or connection to the State of Israel, designed for children and youth in the diaspora? Then we have something for you! Turn your innovative vision into action by submitting a proposal on how educators in the diaspora can implement new creative methods to enhance Jewish/Israel education.
Updated: Jun. 02, 2020
One of the most noticeable elements of the Covid-19 crisis is the nearly complete shutdown of international travel. All this affected basic Jewish activities: individual travel for family events and for business is impossible, educational travel programs to Israel and other Jewish sites were discontinued and all conferences, festivals and mass-gatherings were postposed or transferred to the internet. Jewish life has been dramatically disrupted and there is a threat that some forms of Jewish institutions will not be able to recover.
Updated: May. 11, 2020